Downers Grove, Illinois
2013 was a strong year for economic development in Downers Grove, and 2014 is shaping up to be even better. In addition to many new business projects, Downers Grove was the recipient of two national awards.
Premier Location for Corporate Headquarters
Downers Grove continues to be a premier location for corporate and division headquarters. Advocate Health Care
, the largest private sector employer in the Chicago area, recently moved its corporate headquarters to Highland Landmark in Downers Grove. Additionally, HAVI Global Solutions
opened their new headquarters at Esplanade II
in Downers Grove.
Other new corporate tenants at Esplanade II
include Fresenius Medical Care
, Invesco Power Shares
, and the new division headquarters for Sanford LP
– the maker of Sharpie and Paper Mate.
Other recent corporate office projects includes:
New Commercial Projects
There has been a lot of good news recently on Ogden Avenue in Downers Grove:
- Art Van Furniture has purchased the former Home Depot Expo Center, and will remodel the building for a new furniture store.
- Other new tenants on Butterfield Road include Barbakoa, a Latin-themed restaurant developed by Chicago restaurateur Jerry Kleiner.
There have been several new businesses that opened on 75th Street, including:
No report on Downers Grove could be complete without mentioning Midwestern University
– an economic engines in our community. Midwestern University
has opened their new 193,000 sq. ft. Multispecialty Clinic, which features their state-of-the-art Dental Institute. The Multispecialty Clinic offers a wide range of health care services to the community. The $113 million project is located on their new Esplanade campus on Lacey Road.
Our community is fortunate to have a diverse local economy that includes several large Class A office parks and shopping centers, and two business parks” said Michael Cassa, President & CEO, Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation. “In addition, we have seven hotels and a vibrant downtown that features many shops and restaurants.
An Award Winning Community
Forbes Magazine recently named Downers Grove as one of “America’s Friendliest Towns.” According to Forbes, Downers Grove is the 8th friendliest town in the United States. Downers Grove was the only community in Illinois to be recognized in the survey.
Many in the community remark upon the importance of our efforts to keep Downers Grove a great place to live, learn, work and play” said Mayor Martin Tully. “The honor of being recognized as one of the nations ‘friendliest towns’ demonstrates that those efforts not only are essential, but have been very successful.
Earlier this month, Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities, named Downers Grove as one of the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids in the United States. In fact, Downers Grove finished second only to Boise, Idaho. Fox 32 TV featured the story on their Good Day program, and interviewed Mayor Tully about the designation.